CEU Welcomes Statement By New York Governor Indicating Willingness To Start Talks With Hungarian Government

Budapest, May 24, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) welcomes today’s statement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo indicating his readiness to enter into discussions “without delay” with the Hungarian government about the amendments to the Higher Education Act that particularly target CEU. Cuomo’s statement is timely, since Hungary has until tomorrow to respond to the European Commission’s letter of formal notice that it has launched infringement proceedings. The European Parliament’s resolution of May 17 called on the Hungarian government to enter into negotiations with the U.S. authorities. The U.S. State Department confirmed yesterday that the U.S. federal government has no legal competence to negotiate on higher education, which lies within the authority of individual American states. Governor Cuomo’s statement therefore opens the path for negotiations.

Governor Cuomo's full statement is here.

“We hope the Hungarian government will respond positively,” said President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. “We have said since the beginning that the right solution is a new agreement between New York and Hungary. We hope an agreement can be reached that builds on the existing 2004 agreement between New York State and the government of Hungary to guarantee CEU’s academic freedom and strengthen its role, in Governor Cuomo’s words, as 'a symbol of American-Hungarian cooperation.'”


COLLEEN SHARKEY | International Media Relations Manager

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